PARIS — Mahmoud Al Massad’s “Reycle,” which has its U.S. preems at Sundance in its World Cinema Documentary Competition, has been picked up for worldwide distribution by Wide Management.
Taking a simple premise, the daily life of Abu Amar — an ex-mujahideen, now a cardboard collector in Zarqa, Jordan, the slow-boiling “Recycle” was a hit at San Sebastian fest’s Cinema in Motion and then at Dubai, impressing auds and crits by its ability to develop into a resonant tale about broken dreams and Middle Eastern poverty.
Pic took more than 2½ years to make. “We filmed without knowing what would happen and then, when it came to editing the pic, we spent months giving it a structure,” said Al Massad.
“Recycle” is typical of the type of pic acquired by Wide Management, Loic Magneron’s 10-year-old, Paris-based sales and financing company: documentary or docu-style human stories are its specialty.
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Wide has also picked up Brazilian Lucia Murat’s “Another Love Story.” Selected for Berlin’s Panorama sidebar, the favela-set “Story,” a “Romeo and Juliet” inspired dance drama, saw thesp Babu Santana win a special jury prize at September’s Rio fest. Some of the actors will perform at the launch party in Berlin, Magneron said.
Pics join three previously announced titles that will be screen at Berlin: “El camino,” “Redemption Song,” and “Mai 68, la belle ouvrage.”
Focusing on children’s exodus from Nicaragua to Costa Rica in search of their parents, “El camino” is the first feature-length film by a woman Costa Rican helmer, Ishtar Yasin Gutierrez, who also produced.
Produced by Magneron, “Song,” helmed by Markus Hansen and Jean-Marie Boulet, follows jazz-violinist and Vietnam-vet Billy Bang back to Vietnam.
Another Magneron production, “Mai 68, la belle ouvrage” compiles news footage shot by Magneron’s father, Jean-Luc Magneron, of the May 1968 events that convulsed France, focusing on little reported, but widespread police brutality.
At the Rendez-Vous, Wide will screen a rough cut of Hormoz’s French film, “I Dreamt Under the Water,” an explicit pic about a man’s sexual odyssey through Northern Paris.